Saw two pretty good matches in the qualies today (Sunday). By the way, the atmosphere was much more condusive to good tennis today, without a soccer game going on the big stadium.
The first match was between Widjaja and Parra from Spain. It's the first time I've seen Parra and play. She was impressive. She has a tall, sleek, very athletic build. I'd say she's a bit stronger and quicker than Angie. Arantxa is a righty who hits two-handed off both sides. Her backhand is the stronger of her groundies. In fact her backhand was the most lethal stroke out there today. I didn't understand why Angie didn't play Arantxa's forehand much more heavily. Arantxa's serve was better than Angie's too. Angie played better here than she did in San Diego.
But Parra won in 3 sets.
The other good match was between Craybas and Sndyer, with Snyder winning in 3. This match could have gone either way. There were lots of good points. Both players were playing well. Both players looked like they were going to win at some time in the match. Snyder got upset with the line calls early in the match. I agree that she did get several bad calls in a short period of time. Tara is sort of volatile, often talking to herself after points. She was given a code violation for calling the chair umpire a 'freakin idiot'. Later on in the match she stated that the umpire was the 'worst she had ever seen'. It was a McEnroe-like performance that made some spectators uneasy. Several left at that point. But this was too good a match to leave. Getting upset like that didn't seem to help Tara's game. After she settled down from her outburst in the 3rd set, she started to play well. I was impressed with Craybas's mobility. She's fast and graceful on the court. It's a pleasure watching her move. Congrats to Tara for making the main draw and to Jill for playing a great match.
The last singles match I saw was between Nicole Pratt and Lindsay Lee-Waters. It was the first time I'd seen Lindsay play. She has quite the grunt/yelp going on. Nicole won, but only on her 4th match point, AND only after thinking she had won it twice before. On her first match point they had a long rally with Lindsay scrambling up to net, making a good get, then Nicole put a lob up over Lindsay's head. Lindsay couldn't reach it and Nicole thought she had won the match. She clenched her fist and let out a little scream. BUT - the ball sailed long, by about a foot. No question that it was out. I was sitting on that baseline. On the 3rd match point, after a short rally Nicole hit a hard forehand very deep. Lindsay got jammed by it and couldn't get it over the net. But as it bounced the linesman started to call it out. Seems like he might have changed his mind. Whatever, the chair umpire overruled the call made by the line judge. I believe, but I'm not sure, that the linesman called it out, and the chair overruled - calling it good. Even though Lindsay couldn't really get the ball back, the chair said that the point had to be replayed. Once again Nicole had already started celebrating her win and was sort of shocked that they had to replay the point. She didn't complain though. If it had been Tara S, all hell would have broken loose at that point. Nicole finally won on the next try. Congrats to Nicole for qualifying for main draw.
Saw her practicing earlier in the day with Chanda Rubin. Wow - Chanda looked very impressive - definitely a big cut above the qualifying level.